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Sat Jul 28, 2012, 07:56 PM

U.N. arms trade treaty fails

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Source: The Hindu

U.S. blamed for unravelling month-long negotiations

A U.N. treaty to regulate the multibillion-dollar global arms trade will have to wait after member states failed to reach an agreement, and some diplomats and supporters blamed the United States for the unravelling of the month-long negotiating conference.

“This was stunning cowardice by the Obama administration, which at the last minute did an about-face and scuttled progress toward a global arms treaty, just as it reached the finish line,” said Suzanne Nossel, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “It’s a staggering abdication of leadership by the world’s largest exporter of conventional weapons to pull the plug on the talks just as they were nearing an historic breakthrough.”

A Western diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, also blamed the U.S., saying “they derailed the process”, adding that nothing will happen to revive negotiations until after the U.S. presidential election in November.

Chief U.S. negotiator Thomas Countryman refused to talk to several dozen reporters when the meeting broke up. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement Friday evening that the U.S. supports a second round of negotiations next year.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 08:16 PM

1. In 2009, the Obama administration reversed the Bush administration’s position and then backed out.

Three years is an eternity in todays world. So many changes.

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Sun Jul 29, 2012, 12:47 AM

2. Locking, sorry, this is a duplicate. Please continue discussion and post updates here:

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